How to Write Every Day
I recently became a “write every day” writer, after staying in the “write a few times a week” camp for many years.
I’ve previously struggled with how often to write, but now I’ve fallen into a groove. And I’m not about to let up.
How do I manage to write so much?
Wherever you are, write.
I’ve written part of an article while waiting in a dentist’s office. I write on holidays and while waiting in line.
Long before the advent of laptops, Alexander Hamilton carried a portable desk with him, allowing him to write on the go. I’m the same way now with my phone.
It took me awhile to learn to ignore distractions and just write, but now I get much more writing done.
Don’t limit yourself to a specific place, like your laptop on a desk at home. Writing frequently allows you to make the most of your time and jot down ideas as they come. The moments would otherwise be wasted.
Time spent reading is also valuable, too, if it sparks ideas for your writing.
Make space for your writing.
I now consider my writing to be a part-time job. As such, I schedule blocks of time where I’m free to write. I couldn’t always do this, but now that I can, I make the best of it.
Many writers battle an assumption with their families that their writing time is flexible. I make it clear that my writing time is work, and afterward, I’m free to help with things.
Things will try to interfere with your writing. If you view writing as an essential task, you will find your way back to it.
My writing isn’t just a hobby anymore. I don’t always have a clear schedule for my writing, but I do put aside some time every day for it.
Use a journal or a note app.
The app Google Keep is indispensable for me. It functions like another part of my brain, remembering and organizing stuff so I don’t have to. Research links get dropped into a note. So do images I want to use for a story, or rough drafts and other ideas.
In the past, I’ve stopped writing because I ran out of ideas. Right now, I have enough notes to keep me going for awhile.
Any note app or paper journal can fill the function you need: the ability to save drafts and scraps of knowledge until you’re ready to work on them.
Accept the incomplete.
Writing is messy. Some days, I end up writing part of several articles, and I barely finish one. My goal is always to finish one article a day, and lately I have been managing it, but I try to write more if possible.
If my writing isn’t as productive as I’d like one day, I can always try again the next day. And the next day after that. It’s a cumulative effort, and I know that not every day will be the best. I just have to sit down and hit the keys.